Mud Season

Mud Season

How One Woman's Dream of Moving to Vermont, Raising Children, Chickens and Sheep & Running the Old Country Store Pretty Much Led to One Calamity After Another

Large Print - 2014
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In self-deprecating and hilarious fashion, Mud Season chronicles Stimson's transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse. When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the United States, she learns the hard way that "improvements" are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they've always been. She dreams of patrons streaming in for fresh-made sandwiches and an old-timey candy counter, but she learns they're boycotting the store. Why? "The bread, " they tell her, "you moved the bread from where it used to be." Can the citified newcomer turn the tide of mistrust before she ruins the business altogether? Follow the author to her wit's end and back, through her full immersion into rural life -- swapping high heels for muck boots; raising chickens and sheep; fighting off skunks, foxes, and bears; and making a few friends and allies in a tiny town steeped in history, local tradition, and that dyed-in-the-wool Vermont "character."
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine :, Center Point Large Print,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781628990225
1628990228
Characteristics: 327 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Cynthia_N Dec 28, 2016

I always enjoy this kind of book! Life is so not perfect that it becomes perfect!

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doulakaren
May 28, 2015

Mildly humorous in a 'what I said' 'but what I really meant' sort of way. Story ended abruptly but the family pet epilogue was touching. Recipes an unexpected. Sort of felt like an abridged story, like reading a novella before its fleshed out. Pleasant reading but I wanted more detail.

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bibliovore
Dec 12, 2014

Stimson and her family have no idea what they're in for when they up & move to Vermont. Their cluelessness continues to show through as they get into one jam after another with the local folk. Lots of laugh-out-loud moments, and plenty of cringeworthy ones too!

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